CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A VIRTUAL REGIONAL MARITIME TRAFFIC CENTRE “5+5” NETWORK

(V-RMTC 5+5 NET)
 

Introduction

The Algerian Naval Forces, the Ministry of Defence of the French Republic, the Navy of the Italian Republic, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Malta, the Mauritanian National Navy, the Royal Moroccan Navy, the Navy of the Portuguese Republic, and the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Spain

(hereafter called the Participants)

HAVING REGARD TO the results of the meeting of the “5+5” Defence Ministers held in Algiers on 12 December 2005, which highlighted a common aspiration in enhancing security and a more efficacious protection of the maritime activities in the Western Mediterranean;

HAVING REGARD TO the pilot project presented by the Italian Navy at the 5th Regional Seapower Symposium for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea, held in Venice on 12-15 October 2004, concerning the establishment of a VIRTUAL REGIONAL MARITIME TRAFFIC CENTRE (V-RMTC);

HAVING REGARD TO the results of the “5+5” V-RMTC Experts’ meeting, held in La Spezia on 03 May 2006;

NOTING the intense flow of maritime traffic in the Mediterranean sea and adjacent areas;

WISHING FOR a strengthening of the regional maritime security; DESIRING to streamline “5+5” access to a common regional exchange of maritime information framework;

HAVE REACHED THE FOLLOWING UNDERSTANDING:

SECTION 1

Aim and Objectives

The aim of this Operational Arrangement is to provide the overall framework for the “5+5” participation in the Virtual-Regional Maritime Traffic Centre (V-RMTC) Project.

The V-RMTC Project establishes a network via commercial INTERNET to enhance a common recognized maritime picture among the designated Operational Headquarters of the participating Navies. In order to pave the way for further integration, a 5+5 network will be established.

Italian Navy Fleet Headquarters (hereafter called HQ CINCNAV), already acting as V-RMTC Data Fusion Centre, will act as “5+5” Parent Fusion Centre (5+5 PFC) as well. As soon as the system achieves full operational capability, the Participants will take into account the possibility of establishing a dedicated link.

A V-RMTC “5+5” Steering Group (V-RMTC 5+5 SC), composed at most of one delegate from each Participant will be established.

This Steering Group will periodically meet to review the progress of the programme. Italy as leading nation will coordinate.

All Participants may propose amendments to this Operational Arrangement. Such proposal will be addressed to the Italian Navy who will submit them to the other Participants for seeking unanimous consensus.

 

SECTION 2

Area of Interest

The area of interest covers the Mediterranean Sea, including the Atlantic approaches.

 SECTION 3

Classes of the System’s Ships of Relevance - Ports of Interest

The data of interest may consist of information, releasable by Participants under national arrangements, about arrival and departure from their respective national ports, as well as the position at sea of merchant units, excluding, at least in the initial phase, military sealift units, ferry-boats, cargo units with less than 300 tons tonnage and fishing vessels with any tonnage.

Subject to future operational requirements, the Participants will take into account the possibility of decreasing the tonnage and opening the range of vessels of interest.

Each Participant will provide HQ CINCNAV with the list of its commercial ports and Operational Headquarters that will be engaged in the Project, in order to draw up the software as provided in section 4 paragraph 2.

 SECTION 4

System’s Technical Requirements

Each Participant will set up, at its own expense, a dedicated computer workstation for transmission and reception of the system’s reports at its designated Operational Headquarters and will provide the Internet connection and a browser of its choice satisfying the system’s requirements.

The Italian Navy will provide, free of charge, the software for the data handling to all Participants in order to achieve a common maritime recognized picture.

The Italian Navy will also organise dedicated training for operator personnel of the Participants.

 SECTION 5

Format and Contents of the Exchange

The agreed upon language for this project is English.

The reports are forwarded at least once daily by each active Participant’s Operational Headquarters to HQ CINCNAV in accordance with the established formats and consisting of data concerning maritime traffic as listed in section 3.

The following information will be available as a minimum:

Ship’s name;
International Call Sign;
Flag;
IMO number;
Arrivals: port of arrival and arrival’s date in ZULU time - port of origin with departure’s date in ZULU time; or
Departures: port of origin with departure’s date in ZULU time - port of destination with the estimated ZULU time and date of arrival; or
Position: in Latitude and Longitude (if underway or at anchor).
Upon receipt of the above data, HQ CINCNAV makes the picture available to the active Participants’ Operational Headquarters.

 SECTION 6

Relationship with the wider V-RMTC Community

In order to optimise the V-RMTC project’s architecture, the establishment of a link between the “5+5” Parent Fusion Centre and the V-RMTC Data Fusion Centre is envisaged. The amount of data exchanged between the 5+5 PFC and the V-RMTC wider community will be functional to the Participants’ consent.

Any of the Participants is at liberty to participate in the V-RMTC wider network as well. In case he decides to do so, his data can be exchanged both in the V-RMTC 5+5 NET and in the V-RMTC wider network.

 SECTION 7

Responsibility

The data exchanged within the V-RMTC 5+5 community will be available to all Participants. Each of them will have the freedom to use these data for aims related to National Defence purposes only, under their own exclusive responsibility, taking into account that access to and handling of information contained in the V-RMTC 5+5 data base is confined to the designated Operational Headquarters of the Participants which will actively contribute to the data base.

No Participant will be held responsible for any missed transmission or inaccurate information.

The transmitting Participant will bear no responsibility for the use of information by the receiving Participant.

The V-RMTC 5+5 PFC (HQ CINCNAV) will be in charge of monitoring the data exchange, liaising with all the concerned Operational HQ and, in case of prolonged inactivity, inform the 5+5 community.

Information contained in the V-RMTC 5+5 data base may be released to a third Country or Organisation pending authorization by all V-RMTC 5+5 Participants.

This provision applies also to the Participants in both the V-RMTC 5+5 network and the V-RMTC wider network.

Each national Operational Headquarters will strictly comply with the security policy and specifications outlined in Annex A to this Operational Arrangement.

 SECTION 8

Final Provisions

This Operational Arrangement, drawn up only in English language, will come into effect by mutual consent on the date of signature.

Any Participant may propose amendments to this Operational Arrangement by written notification to the other Participants.

Such amendments will come into effect when accepted in writing by all Participants.

Any divergences/dispute arising from the interpretation or application of this Operational Arrangement will be settled by consultations among the Participants, without recourse to outside jurisdiction.

SIGNED IN NAPLES ON 30TH MAY 2007 IN NINE ORIGINAL COPIES, IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, ONE FOR EACH PARTICIPANT PLUS ONE MASTER COPY TO BE ARCHIEVED BY THE ITALIAN NAVY.